Tonight’s match-up with the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will be the Sacramento Kings’ final game on this three game road trip.
The Kings lost to Minnesota last night, and have gone 0-2 in their first two games, both road games. The Kings hope to salvage this road trip with a win against perhaps the best of the three teams they will have faced in the Indiana Pacers.
The Kings have to play smart basketball, and protect the basketball. Limiting turnovers was not as much of a problem as it was Wednesday night against the Bulls; but the Kings need to learn how to play within the system.
Kings Head Coach Keith Smart has
stated he wants to see more effort on both ends of the court, starting with a tough-minded defensive mind-set. When the Kings learn how to let the game come to them, rather than forcing the offense or playing one on one basketball; they will be a very fun team to watch.
The Kings have certainly improved their defense, when they choose to play tough defense. In last night’s game against Minnesota, the Kings allowed the Timberwolves to jump out to a red hot start, allowing the T-Wolves to score several first quarter lay-ups and baskets in the paint. The Pacers are a team that knows how to score in the paint, and will take literally almost every easy basket you give them.
The Pacers have had their struggles as well struggling to shoot over 40 percent from the field as a team, while the Kings are averaging a meek 83.5 points on 38.2 percent shooting in their first two games. With the Kings coming into the second game of a back to back, they are certainly the underdog in tonights match-up. Indiana will look to get back into the win column as they return home.
No. Player Position
22 Isaiah Thomas G
13 Tyreke Evans G
52 James Johnson F
34 Jason Thompson F
15 DeMarcus Cousins C
No. Player Position
3 George Hill G
24 Paul George G
25 Gerald Green F
21 David West F
55 Roy Hibbert C